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    Angina   Back to Top

    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Dolf Bachmann - World’s First Angioplasty Patient Now 68 Years Old and “Happy All Around”

      On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. Now 68 years old, Bachmann describes himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Watch as he recalls his experience as the first angioplasty patient and the remarkable role he played in the development of a procedure that has saved many lives and improved quality of life for many more.
    • Ed Gartner – The right treatment option for an active lifestyle

      Ed Gartner built his life around living a healthy and active lifestyle. As a community recreational director, tennis instructor, and competitive tennis player, a heart condition was the last thing he thought would keep him out of the game. But that’s exactly what happened, as chest discomfort began bothering him whenever he exerted himself. Read more about the treatment that returned Ed to the lifestyle he loves – so well that he even beat his own cardiologist in two sets of tennis!
    • Gary Lawrence - Angioplasty One Day, Anniversary Trip to Europe the Next

      Despite regular visits to his cardiologist and medication, Gary notice a decline in his energy levels, chronic fatigue, loss of stamina, and other symptoms that were keeping him from doing the things he enjoyed. When tests revealed blockages in his heart arteries, Gary and his doctor discussed his options. He got treated and is now enjoying his retirement, doing things he never thought he could. Read his story.
    • Jack Blatherwick - Sudden Angina Signals Serious Heart Condition

      All of a sudden, Jack Blatherwick couldn’t take 50 steps into his four-mile daily walk without extreme chest pain. With a Ph.D. in physiology and a career overseeing the conditioning of professional and Olympic ice hockey players, Jack, 65, recognized his symptoms as angina – the chest pain that occurs when arteries to the heart are blocked and the heart is starved for oxygen. Read more about how Jack got treated and got back to his active lifestyle.
    • John McLaughlin - A Patient’s Heart for Adventure: Procedure Helps Continue an Annual Tradition

      If it weren’t for the treatment John McLaughlin received to open a blocked heart artery, he might have had to put his annual king salmon fishing trips to Alaska on hold, along with many other daily activities that can be difficult to perform when suffering the symptoms of heart disease. Read more about the symptoms John was experiencing and the treatment that got him back to hiking, fishing, working, and the other things he loves.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

      Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)

    Angina/Chest Pain   Back to Top

    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Dolf Bachmann - World’s First Angioplasty Patient Now 68 Years Old and “Happy All Around”

      On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. Now 68 years old, Bachmann describes himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Watch as he recalls his experience as the first angioplasty patient and the remarkable role he played in the development of a procedure that has saved many lives and improved quality of life for many more.
    • Ed Gartner – The right treatment option for an active lifestyle

      Ed Gartner built his life around living a healthy and active lifestyle. As a community recreational director, tennis instructor, and competitive tennis player, a heart condition was the last thing he thought would keep him out of the game. But that’s exactly what happened, as chest discomfort began bothering him whenever he exerted himself. Read more about the treatment that returned Ed to the lifestyle he loves – so well that he even beat his own cardiologist in two sets of tennis!
    • Gary Lawrence - Angioplasty One Day, Anniversary Trip to Europe the Next

      Despite regular visits to his cardiologist and medication, Gary notice a decline in his energy levels, chronic fatigue, loss of stamina, and other symptoms that were keeping him from doing the things he enjoyed. When tests revealed blockages in his heart arteries, Gary and his doctor discussed his options. He got treated and is now enjoying his retirement, doing things he never thought he could. Read his story.
    • Jack Blatherwick - Sudden Angina Signals Serious Heart Condition

      All of a sudden, Jack Blatherwick couldn’t take 50 steps into his four-mile daily walk without extreme chest pain. With a Ph.D. in physiology and a career overseeing the conditioning of professional and Olympic ice hockey players, Jack, 65, recognized his symptoms as angina – the chest pain that occurs when arteries to the heart are blocked and the heart is starved for oxygen. Read more about how Jack got treated and got back to his active lifestyle.
    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.
    • John McLaughlin - A Patient’s Heart for Adventure: Procedure Helps Continue an Annual Tradition

      If it weren’t for the treatment John McLaughlin received to open a blocked heart artery, he might have had to put his annual king salmon fishing trips to Alaska on hold, along with many other daily activities that can be difficult to perform when suffering the symptoms of heart disease. Read more about the symptoms John was experiencing and the treatment that got him back to hiking, fishing, working, and the other things he loves.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

      Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)

    Angioplasty   Back to Top

    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Dolf Bachmann - World’s First Angioplasty Patient Now 68 Years Old and “Happy All Around”

      On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. Now 68 years old, Bachmann describes himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Watch as he recalls his experience as the first angioplasty patient and the remarkable role he played in the development of a procedure that has saved many lives and improved quality of life for many more.
    • Duane Nystedt - Unique Heart Procedure Restores Patient’s Quality of Life

      A little over a year ago, Duane Nystedt was barely able to walk or perform easy, everyday tasks like taking out the garbage. Duane was suffering from a blocked heart artery. The blockage was inaccessible, leaving Duane with almost no options. He sought at Dr. William Lombardi, one of a few physicians in the country who performs a complicated procedure that has been shown to be successful in opening totally blocked blood vessels. Read about Duane’s procedure and how his life has changed.
    • Ed Gartner – The right treatment option for an active lifestyle

      Ed Gartner built his life around living a healthy and active lifestyle. As a community recreational director, tennis instructor, and competitive tennis player, a heart condition was the last thing he thought would keep him out of the game. But that’s exactly what happened, as chest discomfort began bothering him whenever he exerted himself. Read more about the treatment that returned Ed to the lifestyle he loves – so well that he even beat his own cardiologist in two sets of tennis!
    • Gary Lawrence - Angioplasty One Day, Anniversary Trip to Europe the Next

      Despite regular visits to his cardiologist and medication, Gary notice a decline in his energy levels, chronic fatigue, loss of stamina, and other symptoms that were keeping him from doing the things he enjoyed. When tests revealed blockages in his heart arteries, Gary and his doctor discussed his options. He got treated and is now enjoying his retirement, doing things he never thought he could. Read his story.
    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.
    • John McLaughlin - A Patient’s Heart for Adventure: Procedure Helps Continue an Annual Tradition

      If it weren’t for the treatment John McLaughlin received to open a blocked heart artery, he might have had to put his annual king salmon fishing trips to Alaska on hold, along with many other daily activities that can be difficult to perform when suffering the symptoms of heart disease. Read more about the symptoms John was experiencing and the treatment that got him back to hiking, fishing, working, and the other things he loves.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Marianne Lawrence - Plans for Adventure Lead to Heart Disease Discovery

      Marianne thought her shoulder pain was the flare-up of an old skiing injury, but a stress test revealed serious cardiovascular disease requiring immediate care. She underwent angioplasty and stenting, followed by cardiac rehab. With “a new lease on life,” she realized a lifetime goal and became an advocate for women’s heart health. Read her story.
    • Melissa – Knowing the Signs of Heart Attacks

      Heart attack was just about the last thing on 40-year-old Melissa’s mind. The active mother of two sons had just seen her doctor for a complete physical a few months earlier and had no symptoms that would indicate heart disease. When her heart attack struck, the symptoms weren’t typical. Read about how undergoing an EKG test showed she was having a heart attack and how she was successfully treated.
    • Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

      Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)
    • Tony Spagnoletti - Heart Team Acts Fast to Save Firefighter’s Life After Heart Attack

      Tony Spagnoletti has dedicated his career to saving the lives of others. But on the morning of November 29, 2012, the tables were turned when he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 47. Thanks to the quick actions of his care team and fellow firefighters, Tony, a husband and father of two, is alive today. Read his story.

    Atrial Septal Defect   Back to Top

    • Anna Grace Bundros - Thriving After Successful Treatment of Congenital Heart Defect

      In 2000, Anna Grace Bundros was a healthy newborn who met every developmental milestone over the next six years. But the active, vibrant little girl was small for her age and often a little lethargic, lacking the energy to play for hours like other kids her age. A series of tests revealed Anna Grace had a hole in her heart known as an atrial septal defect. Her parents weighed the pros and cons of two treatments and chose the less invasive option. After successful treatment, Anna Grace is thriving and back playing like other girls her age. Read her family’s story.
    • Brandy Albracht - Minimally Invasive Procedure Reduces Migraines and Restores Quality of Life

      When Brandy’s migraine headaches began having an increasingly negative effect on her quality of life, she sought help from a cardiologist. She had heard about a possible connection between migraines and a congenital heart defect often referred to as a “hole in the heart.” When her cardiologist found an atrial septal defect, he recommended a minimally invasive procedure to close the hole. His focus was on preventing a stroke, but in Brandy’s case the procedure also helped to dramatically reduce the frequency of her migraines. Read Brandy’s story.

    Cardiac Catheterization   Back to Top

    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Frank Tetterton - Unusual Pain Leads to Heart Disease Diagnosis

      Heart disease was just about the last thing on 60-year-old Frank Tetterton’s mind. A former college football player, the Atlanta-area real estate developer had been active all his life and exercised regularly. For Frank, shoulder pain that flared up during his exercise routine and later when he was taking a walk was a symptom of a serious blockage in one of his heart arteries. Fortunately, Frank visited an interventional cardiologist, who performed tests and treated the blockage with a stent. Read Frank’s story to learn more about stable angina.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)

    Carotid Artery Disease   Back to Top

    • Jim Sparacino – Knowing the options for stroke prevention has him singing a new tune.

      While moving band equipment prior to one of his performances, 53-year-old Jim Sparacino began to feel light-headed, a feeling he had become accustomed to over the past few months. A bystander thought Jim was having a heart attack, but his heart was fine. Instead, Jim was suffering from carotid artery disease, which can lead to a stroke. Working with his doctors, Jim explored his treatment options, keeping in mind his need to protect his vocal cords. Read his story and learn which treatment was right for him.

    Chest Pain   Back to Top

    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Dolf Bachmann - World’s First Angioplasty Patient Now 68 Years Old and “Happy All Around”

      On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. Now 68 years old, Bachmann describes himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Watch as he recalls his experience as the first angioplasty patient and the remarkable role he played in the development of a procedure that has saved many lives and improved quality of life for many more.
    • Jack Blatherwick - Sudden Angina Signals Serious Heart Condition

      All of a sudden, Jack Blatherwick couldn’t take 50 steps into his four-mile daily walk without extreme chest pain. With a Ph.D. in physiology and a career overseeing the conditioning of professional and Olympic ice hockey players, Jack, 65, recognized his symptoms as angina – the chest pain that occurs when arteries to the heart are blocked and the heart is starved for oxygen. Read more about how Jack got treated and got back to his active lifestyle.
    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.
    • John McLaughlin - A Patient’s Heart for Adventure: Procedure Helps Continue an Annual Tradition

      If it weren’t for the treatment John McLaughlin received to open a blocked heart artery, he might have had to put his annual king salmon fishing trips to Alaska on hold, along with many other daily activities that can be difficult to perform when suffering the symptoms of heart disease. Read more about the symptoms John was experiencing and the treatment that got him back to hiking, fishing, working, and the other things he loves.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)

    Children and Heart Disease   Back to Top

    • Anna Grace Bundros - Thriving After Successful Treatment of Congenital Heart Defect

      In 2000, Anna Grace Bundros was a healthy newborn who met every developmental milestone over the next six years. But the active, vibrant little girl was small for her age and often a little lethargic, lacking the energy to play for hours like other kids her age. A series of tests revealed Anna Grace had a hole in her heart known as an atrial septal defect. Her parents weighed the pros and cons of two treatments and chose the less invasive option. After successful treatment, Anna Grace is thriving and back playing like other girls her age. Read her family’s story.
    • Christian Banks - Minimally Invasive Valve Procedures Get Teenager Back in Action

      Christian was born with complex congenital heart disease and underwent numerous procedures throughout his young life, including a series of reconstructive heart surgeries that began when he was just three days old. At age 12, after his energy level dropped and doctors discovered his pulmonary valve had begun to calcify, he underwent a Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, which returned him to the active life he and his family enjoy. Read his story.
    • Claire Kurz - Born With Congenital Heart Conditions and a Fighting Spirit

      Although Claire was born with life-threatening complex congenital heart disease, she was blessed with an incredible fighting spirit, a loving family, and dedicated team of healthcare providers who saved her life with surgery and interventions. Read Claire’s story of survival and how her parents are working to spread awareness about the prevalence of congenital heart defects.
    • Harper O’Bomsawin - Toddler on the Run

      An echocardiogram performed when Harper was just days old revealed coarctation of the aorta (CoA), a serious but treatable congenital heart defect. Harper underwent emergency surgery and two angioplasty procedures to ensure her body receives sufficient blood flow. Since then Harper has grown to be a happy, healthy toddler who is, to the delight of her family, always on the run. Read her story.
    • Lauren Gray – Born “Blue” But Now Living a Healthy, Colorful Life

      Thirty-nine years ago in a rural North Carolina hospital, doctors told Ken and Cindy Gray their daughter was “born blue and there was nothing they could do for her.” The news devastated the Grays, but Lauren didn’t appear ready to give up. She underwent surgery before she was one week old and procedures at 7 and 17 years old. Today she is a healthy adult who takes care of her heart and makes time to tell others her story. You can read it here.
    • Maya Miller - Catheter Procedure Fixes Congenital Heart Condition

      Maya’s mother remembers what it was like to touch her daughter’s small chest. “You couldn’t feel a heartbeat. All you could feel was this rush of blood,” she recalls. Maya’s interventional cardiologist confirmed that Maya had a congenital heart condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which had caused her heart to become enlarged from overwork. Maya underwent a life-saving catheter-based treatment that fixed the PDA. Read her story.
    • Russell White - Newborn Undergoes Non-Invasive Procedure to Open Heart Valve

      Russ was born with a congenital heart defect known as pulmonary valve stenosis. His pulmonary valve was too narrow for blood to pass through from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. Without blood flow through the pulmonary artery, Russ’s small lungs could not receive an adequate amount of oxygenated blood. He underwent a noninvasive procedure that opened the valve and restored blood flow. Today he is an active nine-year-old. Read his story.
    • Xander Bowen - Saved by Heart Surgery and Catheterizations

      Every inch that her son grows taller. Every pound that he adds. Every day that he gains strength. These are things that bring Lisa Bowen joy. Her son, Xander, has a serious congenital heart condition called truncus arteriosus. Not long ago, babies with this condition didn’t survive, but surgery and a series of catheterization procedures have saved his life, making it possible for him to grow and deliver joy Lisa will never take for granted. Read their story.

    Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)   Back to Top

    • Jack Blatherwick - Sudden Angina Signals Serious Heart Condition

      All of a sudden, Jack Blatherwick couldn’t take 50 steps into his four-mile daily walk without extreme chest pain. With a Ph.D. in physiology and a career overseeing the conditioning of professional and Olympic ice hockey players, Jack, 65, recognized his symptoms as angina – the chest pain that occurs when arteries to the heart are blocked and the heart is starved for oxygen. Read more about how Jack got treated and got back to his active lifestyle.
    • Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

      Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.

    Coronary Bypass Surgery   Back to Top

    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.

    Heart Attack   Back to Top

    • Devender Vittedi - Life Saved by Quick Treatment to Open a Blocked Artery

      Devender doesn’t remember the details of the day he collapsed, but he does know that receiving quick treatment to open a severely narrowed heart artery saved his life. After 18 days in the hospital to give his body time to heal and a few months of taking it slow, Devender is back to playing the sports he loves – and he’s training to run a marathon! Read his story.
    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.
    • Jan Brown - Not a Typical TV Heart Attack

      Jan symptoms were more like the flu than a heart attack. Fortunately, her friends knew heart attack symptoms vary, especially in women, and they insisted she seek prompt medical care. She underwent emergency angioplasty and is doing well. Read her story.
    • Melissa – Knowing the Signs of Heart Attacks

      Heart attack was just about the last thing on 40-year-old Melissa’s mind. The active mother of two sons had just seen her doctor for a complete physical a few months earlier and had no symptoms that would indicate heart disease. When her heart attack struck, the symptoms weren’t typical. Read about how undergoing an EKG test showed she was having a heart attack and how she was successfully treated.
    • Peggy Vardeman - Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms Often Differ From Men’s

      Peggy Vardeman has had a number of heart-related health scare. Each time she has noted back pain, nausea and sweating, never the stereotypical crushing chest pain portrayed in the movies. “I’m a perfect example of women experiencing different symptoms than men,” she says. Read Peggy’s story to learn more about women and cardiovascular disease.
    • Rick Barnes - Miraculous Fight for Life After Heart Attack

      When Rick Barnes left his job at Mayfield Dairies at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2003, and headed home to Lula, he had a normal day planned. Little did he know that less than 24 hours later, he would have a massive heart attack and go on to survive a night that, according to his doctors, he should not have lived through. Read his story.
    • Tony Spagnoletti - Heart Team Acts Fast to Save Firefighter’s Life After Heart Attack

      Tony Spagnoletti has dedicated his career to saving the lives of others. But on the morning of November 29, 2012, the tables were turned when he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 47. Thanks to the quick actions of his care team and fellow firefighters, Tony, a husband and father of two, is alive today. Read his story.

    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy   Back to Top

    • Kevin Ulrich – The Right Care Leads to the Right Treatment

      The genetic heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, had made normal daily activities like walking up a flight of stairs difficult for Kevin. Then he collapsed at work and learned he was suffering severe heart failure caused by the HCM. He worked with his doctor to carefully evaluate the treatment options and underwent a procedure called alcohol septal ablation. Now Kevin is back to coaching his kids football and lacrosse teams, walking the fields where they play with ease. Read his story.

    Peripheral Arterial Disease   Back to Top

    • Don Grove – TV Commercial Leads to PAD Diagnosis

      Don Grove remembers a time when walking up a slight incline was nearly impossible due to the excruciating pain it would cause in his calf muscles. His wife recalls the nights they would go square-dancing, and Don had to sit out a dance set due to the pain in his leg. He also had unexplained pain in his toes. Don shrugged off the symptoms as a natural part of aging. Then he learned about PAD and got treated. Read about how his life has changed.
    • Milton Unick - Finally Able to Chase After His Grandkids

      For more than 20 years Milton Unick lived with debilitating pain in his legs that prevented him from performing typical daily activities and hindered his quality of life. Little did Milton know the leg pain was a warning sign of something even more serious - a future heart attack. The interventional cardiologist who stopped his heart attack was also able to treat the blocked arteries in his legs. Read his story.
    • Ron Robinson - Blockages in the Heart Point to Blockages in the Leg

      For 50-year-old Ron, the classic signs of a heart attack came on quickly. He awoke in the middle of the night with pain on the back of his arms that soon moved to his chest. Ron’s first thought was “anxiety attack.” Fortunately, he realized what was happening and was successfully treated for both the blockage in his coronary arteries causing the heart attack and a blocked artery in his leg. Read Ron’s story.

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    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Claire Kurz - Born With Congenital Heart Conditions and a Fighting Spirit

      Although Claire was born with life-threatening complex congenital heart disease, she was blessed with an incredible fighting spirit, a loving family, and dedicated team of healthcare providers who saved her life with surgery and interventions. Read Claire’s story of survival and how her parents are working to spread awareness about the prevalence of congenital heart defects.
    • Duane Nystedt - Unique Heart Procedure Restores Patient’s Quality of Life

      A little over a year ago, Duane Nystedt was barely able to walk or perform easy, everyday tasks like taking out the garbage. Duane was suffering from a blocked heart artery. The blockage was inaccessible, leaving Duane with almost no options. He sought at Dr. William Lombardi, one of a few physicians in the country who performs a complicated procedure that has been shown to be successful in opening totally blocked blood vessels. Read about Duane’s procedure and how his life has changed.
    • Ed Gartner – The right treatment option for an active lifestyle

      Ed Gartner built his life around living a healthy and active lifestyle. As a community recreational director, tennis instructor, and competitive tennis player, a heart condition was the last thing he thought would keep him out of the game. But that’s exactly what happened, as chest discomfort began bothering him whenever he exerted himself. Read more about the treatment that returned Ed to the lifestyle he loves – so well that he even beat his own cardiologist in two sets of tennis!
    • Gary Lawrence - Angioplasty One Day, Anniversary Trip to Europe the Next

      Despite regular visits to his cardiologist and medication, Gary notice a decline in his energy levels, chronic fatigue, loss of stamina, and other symptoms that were keeping him from doing the things he enjoyed. When tests revealed blockages in his heart arteries, Gary and his doctor discussed his options. He got treated and is now enjoying his retirement, doing things he never thought he could. Read his story.
    • Jack Hatley - Young Heart Attack Survivor Overcomes Stressful Recovery

      One of the last things on Jack Hatley’s mind the day after he turned 37 years old was heart disease. Fortunately, when he began experiencing the heart attack, he knew to seek help. The stents he received saved his life, but they were just the first step in his recovery. To learn how he made a full recovery - both physically and emotionally - and where he found help, read his story.
    • John McLaughlin - A Patient’s Heart for Adventure: Procedure Helps Continue an Annual Tradition

      If it weren’t for the treatment John McLaughlin received to open a blocked heart artery, he might have had to put his annual king salmon fishing trips to Alaska on hold, along with many other daily activities that can be difficult to perform when suffering the symptoms of heart disease. Read more about the symptoms John was experiencing and the treatment that got him back to hiking, fishing, working, and the other things he loves.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Marianne Lawrence - Plans for Adventure Lead to Heart Disease Discovery

      Marianne thought her shoulder pain was the flare-up of an old skiing injury, but a stress test revealed serious cardiovascular disease requiring immediate care. She underwent angioplasty and stenting, followed by cardiac rehab. With “a new lease on life,” she realized a lifetime goal and became an advocate for women’s heart health. Read her story.
    • Melissa – Knowing the Signs of Heart Attacks

      Heart attack was just about the last thing on 40-year-old Melissa’s mind. The active mother of two sons had just seen her doctor for a complete physical a few months earlier and had no symptoms that would indicate heart disease. When her heart attack struck, the symptoms weren’t typical. Read about how undergoing an EKG test showed she was having a heart attack and how she was successfully treated.
    • Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

      Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.
    • Russell - A Lifetime of Indigestion Nearly Disguises Symptoms of a Blocked Artery

      Russell had suffered from indigestion his whole life, so when he started experiencing chest pain, he figured it was more of the same. When his condition worsened, he got worried and sought help. A trip to the cardiologist revealed a blocked artery. Read Russell’s story to see how he was successfully treated and how he’s doing now.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)
    • Tony Spagnoletti - Heart Team Acts Fast to Save Firefighter’s Life After Heart Attack

      Tony Spagnoletti has dedicated his career to saving the lives of others. But on the morning of November 29, 2012, the tables were turned when he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 47. Thanks to the quick actions of his care team and fellow firefighters, Tony, a husband and father of two, is alive today. Read his story.

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    • Betty - Achieving a High Quality of Life at Any Age

      Betty didn’t realize the full extent of her heart disease symptoms, or how they were impacting her life, until after she was treated. Like many people with stable angina, she had curtailed her participation in activities she loved – like gardening and golfing – in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that plagued her when she did them. To learn what led her to treatment, and how much she’s enjoying life now, read her story.
    • Kathy - Heart Patient Seeks Help Despite Confusing Symptoms

      Kathy had what she calls “episodes” – relatively minor symptoms that came and went. A non-smoker who took care of herself, Kathy was doubtful when her doctor recommended testing her heart, especially when the results turned out to be mixed. Concerned about the results and the nagging symptoms, Kathy underwent cardiac catheterization, which revealed one of her main heart arteries was 95 percent blocked. Read her story to find out what happened next.
    • Marianne Lawrence - Plans for Adventure Lead to Heart Disease Discovery

      Marianne thought her shoulder pain was the flare-up of an old skiing injury, but a stress test revealed serious cardiovascular disease requiring immediate care. She underwent angioplasty and stenting, followed by cardiac rehab. With “a new lease on life,” she realized a lifetime goal and became an advocate for women’s heart health. Read her story.
    • Melissa – Knowing the Signs of Heart Attacks

      Heart attack was just about the last thing on 40-year-old Melissa’s mind. The active mother of two sons had just seen her doctor for a complete physical a few months earlier and had no symptoms that would indicate heart disease. When her heart attack struck, the symptoms weren’t typical. Read about how undergoing an EKG test showed she was having a heart attack and how she was successfully treated.
    • Peggy Vardeman - Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms Often Differ From Men’s

      Peggy Vardeman has had a number of heart-related health scare. Each time she has noted back pain, nausea and sweating, never the stereotypical crushing chest pain portrayed in the movies. “I’m a perfect example of women experiencing different symptoms than men,” she says. Read Peggy’s story to learn more about women and cardiovascular disease.
    • Ruth Garrett - Angina Took Her Off the Dance Floor; Stent Procedure Puts the Spring Back in Her Step

      When heart symptoms forced 85-year-old Ruth Garrett off the dance floor, she figured her life was nearly over. Her doctor sent her to interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Chen, who successfully treated her blocked artery and got her tap dancing again. Watch as Ruth and Dr. Chen tell her story. (Video courtesy of Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland.)